Before the security men harkens to the voice of
Cynthia in the slaughtering room, Bernad and
Loveth had made it into the underground tunnel.
Chisom and co had also made it there trying to
run towards the direction given to Ubiji by
“This way” Ubiji led the way while Kate and
chisom followed him. Unknowingly to him, his cell
phone fell down in the course of breaking the
floor. As they ran through the tunnel, Bernard and
Loveth followed behind.
“Run! Run!!” Bernard shouted.
However, Bright drove on the room with his body
guards, his phone rang then he picked it up when
he saw the caller to be Cynthia.
“We have a situation sir”
“Bernard has escaped with the girls on detention”
“Fuck! How dare you say such a thing to me?
Listen, if you don’t bring them back or kill them
all, you’re dead” he hung up the call then
connected to the security men. “Listen, you fools,
do not leave those idiots until you bring their
heads to me”
“Copied, sir” a voice replied.
Bright body chemistry suddenly changed to
melancholic, he couldn’t bear the gravity of what
just happened, therefore he ordered his driver
saying, “My friend, turn this car back to base”
Immediately, the driver carried out the
Already, the security men had flicked into the
tunnel with heavy guns which had torchlight
above the barrel to enable them see through the
tunnel. Chisom and co could see their torchlight
from afar, that made them hastened up running
for their dear lives. Bernard led the road, Ubiji
remained the last man behind while the girls were
at the centre. They got to a point they were
matching on muddy and watery ground which
indicated that they had drew close to the exit.
“Come on, guys, hurry!” Bernard increased his
speed likewise others. Suddenly, they did not only
hear the sound of gunshot but also felt the bullets
hitting the walls of the tunnel.
“Jesus!” the girls shouted. Ubiji’s mind sank
down to his stomach without letting out a shout.
The race took about thirty minutes before they
were able to see a ray of moonlight coming from
the exit coz the more they ran, the darker the
tunnel. The security men kept chasing and
shooting them too. Chisom fell down in the
process, the next person behind her was Ubiji
who stretched his hand for her to grab.
“Take my hand, stand and be strong” he said as
both stared into each other’s eyes. She couldn’t
believe it. A man she humiliated, insulted and
underestimated was the one who is not only
saving her life but also encouraging her to be
strong. She couldn’t thank him enough.
“We are almost there, hurry!” Bernard shouted.
“You have to take my hands now” Ubiji repeated.
She grabbed his hand strongly then stood up on
her feet before the continuation of the race of life
and death. Meanwhile, they had outrun the
security men to the exit which was just a fit
above the ground. Bernard raised his hands to
push it open but sadly brought them down.
“What’s the problem? Open it” Ubiji told him.
“It is locked” he replied.
“That can’t be!” he rushed to the front, raised his
hands too and shook the metal vigorously, yet,
“Oh my God!” Kate exclaimed. “What are we
gonna do now? Does it mean we all gonna die
here because those men are after us?”
Nobody replied her or said anything thus,
generating a tranquility in the tunnel. They only
heard chipping of crickets and footsteps of the
security men. It got to a time that their torchlight
became visible from afar. Seeing that, Loveth
shouted, “Please, do something!”
Bernard and Ubiji joined hands in pushing and
shaking the metal hoping that the key would
crack opened. As they struggled to open it, the
security men also hurried to meet them. Their
torchlight became very close and moving up and
and down the tunnel.
Chisom gently met the two guys and said, “Wait”
they stopped and looked at her for a solution. She
observed the key carefully then pulled out her hair
parker which is in form of a led. She slowly put it
into the keyhole as everybody watched her and
before ten seconds, she unlocked the key. “Done”
she pushed the metal opened.
“Go! go!! go!!!” One of the securities shouted from
a close range.
Already, the girls had climbed out of the tunnel
leaving Ubiji and Bernard.
“Go first, man” Ubiji told him.
“No, you go first” he insisted. Immediately, the
sound of another gunshots took over the tunnel.
A bullet caught Ubiji’s leg as he tried to climb
while another caught Bernard in the stomach.
“Aaahhh!” he shouted in pains with a hand
covering the hole created by the bullet.
After Ubiji climbed, he stretched his hand for him.
“Take my hand, bro!”
“Bernard, come on, hurry up!” Loveth added.
“No” he shook his head negatively smiling at her.
“What’s he doing?” Chisom asked.
“I think he’s not coming with us” Kate replied.
Bernard struggled up with the padlock then hung
it on the metal covering the exit to lock it. He did
that admiring Loveth for the last time coz he
wasn’t gonna make it alive. That’s why he
wanted to sacrifice his life for them to live. When
Loveth observed that, she said, “No, no, no,
please don’t do it. I beg you”
“I love you” he told her and locked the tunnel.
Instantly, more bullets killed him. Loveth cried.
The security men finally came closer to find the
tunnel locked. They also tried to push it open but
couldn’t do it. So they had to carry dead Bernard
back to the unknown place.
However, the remaining three girls stopped
running when Ubiji finally fell down due to the
wound created by a bullet on his leg. Only then
did they realize that he was shot. They could see
his trouser stained with a lot of blood. As Chisom
sat down to ease the pain, so as Loveth sat on
the ground crying for Bernard. Only Kate took
time to observe the environment. She looked left
and right to see nothing but tall trees and shrubs
without a single being or residence with the help
of the moonlight.
“Where are we?” she asked. The question didn’t
interest others coz they were still carried away by
their sad emotions. From the knowledge Chisom
acquired in school, she tore out the part of Ubiji’s
trouser where the bullet entered and used it to
stop the bleeding. As she tied it across the
wound, Ubiji stared at her admiring her beauty
once more. Their eyes met severally but they
never said anything to each other. After she was
done, she said without looking at him, “Just
manage, I will take you to the hospital and you’ll
“No, thanks” Ubiji struggled up with her.
“What do you mean?” she then looked at him.
“I said no, I’ll take myself to the hospital” he
clarified then averted his eyes from her surveying
the environment too likewise others. “I guess we
are in a forest” he added.
“Which forest?” Kate queried.
“I don’t know”
“Does anybody have a phone?”
“I think I do” Ubiji searched for his phone but
couldn’t find it. “Oh no”
“What?” Kate wanted to know.
“I have lost it” he replied.
Loveth didn’t care, she only wept on the ground.
Chisom show little or no concern too due to the
replied Ubiji gave her earlier. She sat beside her
on the ground trying to console her.
“So what are we gonna do now?” Kate was still
“We walk” Ubiji replied.
“To which direction?”
They remained quiet for a while until Ubiji broke it
saying, “Let’s start going” he looked at the two
girls on the floor. “Chisom, we have to go now”
She stood up with Loveth without saying a
The security men had carried dead Bernard to
Bright who boiled in anger after he was told that
others escaped. He stood in the midst of them all
right outside the compound. Already, customers
had gone and the gate locked. Therefore only the
slaughters and the security circled beside the
“You all are idiots!” Bright began. “You allowed
those nincompoops to escape from my secrete
domain. You must pay dearly if you don’t bring
their bodies here for slaughtering. They are in the
forest of mount doom, and they haven’t gone far.
This is the key to the exit of the tunnel. Take it
and go back there and bring to me the heads of
those nincompoop here tonight” he threw the key
to one of the men. “Now, go! go!! go!!!” he
commanded while the men troop into the tunnel.
The moon light illuminated the forest. That
enabled Ubiji and co to see the ground in which
they walked through. As they walked, they noticed
a ray of light coming from behind: those were the
security men. Loveth was the first to see it.
“Look” she said pointing backward.
“Oh mine! They are the same men. I guess they
must not leave us alive” Kate said.
“What do we do now?”
“We run” Ubiji replied even when he knew that he
couldn’t run. As a matter of fact, he sat down on
the ground . “You girls should run” he instructed.
“What about you?” Chisom became amaze at his
“I’ll be fine” he replied her.
“No, I’m not leaving you here” she stretched her
hand for him then said, “Take my hand, stand and
Those were the same words he told her when she
fell down in the tunnel. So he smiled along with
her, grabbed her hand and the race continued…
TO BE CONTINUED